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Van Helsing reboot writer says it will follow The Dark Knight model of blending fantasy and reality

06.27.2012

While talking about his upcoming release PEOPLE LIKE US, screenwriter/director Alex Kurtzman dropped some tidbits about the recently announced VAN HELSING reboot, which is set to star Tom Cruise as the titular character. 

Here's what he had to say about adapting rebooting the famous character:

"Well, I don’t want to give away too much, because we are actually at the very beginning of talking about what to do with it. But I do feel like the Van Helsing that Anthony Hopkins played in [Bram Stoker's] DRACULA is sort of the parody version of it, and the Van Helsing that Hugh Jackman played was obviously in a different place as well," said Kurtzman.

"I think that these kinds of movies have evolved a lot since then. You know, THE DARK KNIGHT was a major, major corner-turning moment in the way that genre and superhero stories could be told. Really grounded in reality. Really grounded in really cool things. That’s what I’d like to do without sacrificing the fantasy element. We aspired to do that as well on Trek, you know, keep it “real.” That’s such a different franchise than Batman, but that’s really what we wanted to do. And we’d love to do that with Van Helsing."

Interesting stuff.  I think most of us kind of groaned at the prospect of another take on the character, but this sounds like they may have a good direction in mind for the character.  I actually thought Anthony Hopkins was great as Van Helsing, even if a bit one-dimensional.  I don't blame Hugh Jackman for the crapfest that was 2004's VAN HELSING as I felt he could've delivered something great with the right material.  As it stands, it's just another Stephen Sommers circus.

I hope they find an inspired choice to direct this reboot as it could make all the difference.  Cruise always brings his A-game, so he's the least of my concerns.  If Kurtzman and his longtime collaborator, Robert Orci, can deliver on a unique blend of fantasy and reality then we could be in for a suspenseful, creepy, and cool version of Van Helsing that hasn't yet been seen.

More to follow as this develops.

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Extra Tidbit: All right, let's hire a director for this...I actually would love to see Chris Nolan and Cruise work together on this, but that's unlikely. Let's hear your choices...
Source: Crave Online

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4:35AM on 06/29/2012
this could be fun.
Tidbit: Robert Singer. Its about time he hits the big screen.
this could be fun.
Tidbit: Robert Singer. Its about time he hits the big screen.
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8:53AM on 06/28/2012
Anyone else tired of people saying "we're dong such and such a character, but more like Batman".
Van Helsing meets Batman... that would be [link]

You could make a really great film about the Van Helsing character, but it needs to be massively different from the previous film to be worth doing again so soon.
Anyone else tired of people saying "we're dong such and such a character, but more like Batman".
Van Helsing meets Batman... that would be [link]

You could make a really great film about the Van Helsing character, but it needs to be massively different from the previous film to be worth doing again so soon.
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8:25AM on 06/28/2012
How about Tony Scott?
How about Tony Scott?
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3:18AM on 06/28/2012
Tom Cruise as Van Helsing would be pretty badass with the right director and script. As for my choice for directer. Alfonso Cuaron or Guillermo Del Torro to get the right tone.
Tom Cruise as Van Helsing would be pretty badass with the right director and script. As for my choice for directer. Alfonso Cuaron or Guillermo Del Torro to get the right tone.
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2:16AM on 06/28/2012

Ugh

You know, the reason Batman worked in making it grounded in reality is because that character could actually exist somewhere, it's not a super big stretch to imagine someone with crazy money doing something like that. But really, you're going to make vampires and werewolves feel grounded??? Star Trek was good, but no one on the planet would say that it feels real, it's a science fiction movie, this guy is an idiot...And before people thumb me down, remember, this is the guy who co-wrote
You know, the reason Batman worked in making it grounded in reality is because that character could actually exist somewhere, it's not a super big stretch to imagine someone with crazy money doing something like that. But really, you're going to make vampires and werewolves feel grounded??? Star Trek was good, but no one on the planet would say that it feels real, it's a science fiction movie, this guy is an idiot...And before people thumb me down, remember, this is the guy who co-wrote Transformers 2...
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1:51AM on 06/28/2012
Firstly, I actually liked Jackman's Van Helsing. It was pure popcorn entertainment and a LOT of fun. Stupid? Yes. Bad CGI? Yes. Corny dialogue and acting? Hell yes. But the action was good and you can't go wrong with trenchcoats and a lil' steampunk weaponry. That being said, this looks to be going in the right direction as well, although I can't help but cringe every time someone mentions something like The Dark Knight as a role model, because you just know there's no way you're going to live
Firstly, I actually liked Jackman's Van Helsing. It was pure popcorn entertainment and a LOT of fun. Stupid? Yes. Bad CGI? Yes. Corny dialogue and acting? Hell yes. But the action was good and you can't go wrong with trenchcoats and a lil' steampunk weaponry. That being said, this looks to be going in the right direction as well, although I can't help but cringe every time someone mentions something like The Dark Knight as a role model, because you just know there's no way you're going to live up to that.
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1:20AM on 06/28/2012
Call me crazy, and maybe I'm saying this because the guy knows monsters and, not only the way they should look and behave (and act), but because I think he'd have more than enough respect to for those characters (Helsing and the monsters) to make a movie that would be more than decent!
My choice: Greg Nicotero. I think it's time he gets a real chance at a "big" movie.
Call me crazy, and maybe I'm saying this because the guy knows monsters and, not only the way they should look and behave (and act), but because I think he'd have more than enough respect to for those characters (Helsing and the monsters) to make a movie that would be more than decent!
My choice: Greg Nicotero. I think it's time he gets a real chance at a "big" movie.
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6:42PM on 06/27/2012
Director and casting make or break this project for me. There's no way I'll be able to judge before that.
Director and casting make or break this project for me. There's no way I'll be able to judge before that.
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6:05PM on 06/27/2012
So they are just rebooting every piece of shit now? Do they just want to get to the point where they release the same ten movies every year with a different director and cast? DiCaprio it's your turn for Spiderman get in the fuckin tights and cry when Uncle Ben dies!
So they are just rebooting every piece of shit now? Do they just want to get to the point where they release the same ten movies every year with a different director and cast? DiCaprio it's your turn for Spiderman get in the fuckin tights and cry when Uncle Ben dies!
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5:48PM on 06/27/2012
Joss Whedon or Guillermo Del Toro would be my top 2 choices for this. GDT and Cruise were supposed to work together on At the Mountains of Madness but that's not going to happen anytime soon. This would be a great opportunity for them to collaborate.
Joss Whedon or Guillermo Del Toro would be my top 2 choices for this. GDT and Cruise were supposed to work together on At the Mountains of Madness but that's not going to happen anytime soon. This would be a great opportunity for them to collaborate.
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3:38PM on 06/27/2012
I enjoyed Sommer's Van Helsing plenty and I'm not ashamed to admit it. Pure fun.
I enjoyed Sommer's Van Helsing plenty and I'm not ashamed to admit it. Pure fun.
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3:24PM on 06/27/2012

Next up,

My Little Pony, but wait, it follows "the dark knight" formula so "it actually sounds interesting"
My Little Pony, but wait, it follows "the dark knight" formula so "it actually sounds interesting"
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3:04PM on 06/27/2012
Actually sounds interesting.
Actually sounds interesting.
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